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Yes, pet shops are a bad idea. I used to work in one that sold puppies. The owners bought their dogs from brokers. After the puppy goes through everything at the BYB or mill that sells them to brokers puts them through, it then gets put on a truck and shipped. At the pet store, they were kept in cages, and only taken out to be bathed (they step in and sometimes sleep in their own pee/poop, because the store isn't manned 24 hours a day to keep their environment clean), or for people to see them. Keep in mind, we did have employees who tried to take care of the dogs. Conditions in some stores were far worse than the one I worked in.
But what about socialization and health for pet store dogs? Yeah. Tossed onto a truck, shipped halfway across the country, exposed to all sorts of potentially disease transmitting things, kept in a cage in a brightly lit store, and pawed over by everyone who wants to see the cute puppy. 8 weeks old? Sure, unless someone lied about it. That happens frequently. There's ways to cover it up. We'd get puppies who would turn 8 weeks that day or within a few days of their arrival on the truck, which obviously meant they were shipped off at a younger age than that. Good, health tested parents? The 'breeders' weren't required to show proof of any of that. Just the parent's AKC registered names if they wanted the puppies to be eligible for AKC registration.
And don't be fooled if you see an individual name of the breeder on the certificate. Often times, brokers pick an employee to be their representative and put that individual's name on the paper as the breeder. It does make it harder to tell which pups are from local BYBs and which ones come from the big ones and the puppy mills.
Don't believe the AKC registered bunk either. They'll register anything with two parents, four paws, and the ability to breathe. An AKC registration is not a health guarantee or a guarantee that the dog will have a good temperament. We tended to sell the little cute dogs, while bigger breeds were marked down until they were a couple hundred dollars and then sold. We had 4-5 month old puppies who'd been in cages for 2-3 months. Not much socialization or training going on there.
I could go on for a long time. But in short, no reputable breeder is ever going to allow one of their puppies to be put in a cage on a truck, shipped halfway across the country, put in a cage, and then sold to whoever walks in the door with a credit card. Your best bet is to run far away from pet store puppies.